Hiatal Hernia Directory
A hiatal hernia is a condition in which the stomach bulges up through the hiatus (an opening in the diaphragm) and into the chest cavity. The two types of hiatal hernia are sliding and paraesophageal. Most hiatal hernias do not have symptoms. Some hiatal hernias are associated with chest pain. Symptoms of GERD or heartburn may also be present because these conditions often appear together. Treatments include surgery and treatments to ease GERD or heartburn symptoms. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how a hiatal hernia is caused, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
The Basics of Hiatal Hernias
Learn the basics about hiatal hernias from the experts at WebMD.
Hiatal Hernia Diagnosis & Treatment
Find out how hiatal hernias are diagnosed and treated from the experts at WebMD.
Hiatal Hernia Diet Tips, Best/Worst Food Choices, and Cooking Advice
Making a few lifestyle adjustments may ease hiatal hernia symptoms.
Hiatal Hernia Coping and Prevention
Get tips from WebMD on preventing a hiatal hernia and reduce symptoms if you have one.
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The Esophagus (Human Anatomy): Picture, Function, Conditions, and More
WebMD's Esophagus Anatomy Page provides a detailed picture and definition of the esophagus. Learn about its function and location, and about conditions that affect the esophagus.
The Stomach (Human Anatomy): Picture, Function, Definition, Conditions, and More
Learn more from WebMD about the anatomy of the stomach, along with illnesses that affect the stomach and tests to diagnose stomach problems.